About us & 5-56
The 5-56 story starts along the coastline in California in the 1950s’. The fishermen docking in the harbour continuously complained about corrosion on their boats and fuel tanks. The problems were extensive, so two innovators decided to take the matter into their own hands and create a solution.
They knew that oil worked. There were just a few other components missing. They wanted it to penetrate better, stay longer, protect against corrosion and lubricate better under pressure. Eventually the first can of 5-56 was created.
5-56 solved all the problems that the fishermen had with corrosion, but it also proved to be helpful for many other things: rusty joints, damp electronics and sooty parts… The list of applications continues to grow.
The demand increased dramatically, and the 5-gallon (19 litres) cans they stored in the garage became too small. So they decided to start larger production. Using a 6,000-gallon (22 712 litres) tanker, they visited 5 different suppliers to purchase the ingredients that gave the oil its unique properties. This is where the idea for the name was born. They had 5-gallon cans from the start, and with ingredients from 5 manufacturers, they had now filled a tanker truck that held 6 thousand gallons: 5-56.
A couple of years later, the entrepreneur Charles J. Webb heard about 5-56. The rumour was that 5-56 was selling like hotcakes, and he immediately saw an opportunity. He travelled to California to learn more, and once there, decided to distribute the product east of the Mississippi and in Europe. Later on, Charles founded the company Corrosion Reaction Consultants, CRC.
Today, CRC has a variety of products and offices worldwide. 5-56 can be both the solution and the start of something big.